Vol. 2, No. 4 | Second Quarter 2017
Thursday, April 6, 2017
TCP & Chamber work with Branson employers to recruit workers from Puerto Rico
Is it really April already? After a busy Spring Break season in Branson, many employers are lining up their workforce for the 2017 summer season and beyond.
I'm excited to share several tidbits of workforce news that might interest you as we go into Taney County's peak season.
You may have heard that we are working on recruiting Hospitality workers from Puerto Rico. This is true! We are working with the Department of Labor there to set up a series of recruiting events on the island for the last week of April.
Puerto Rico boasts more than just beautiful beaches and breathtaking scenery. The U.S. Commonwealth also has many qualified hospitality workers across the island, including students in hospitality programs, who are looking for employment and internship opportunities.
Branson is just one of several areas that is recruiting from Puerto Rico, including states like Florida, Texas and New York. We are new to the game and are
excited to embark on this journey and hopefully build a sustainable relationship there that will grow and develop in the years to come.
In other news, there are several ways you can connect with talent and with area schools this summer. Read below to find out how you can get involved in all the exciting workforce efforts going on in Branson!
As always, please don't hesitate to reach out to me with questions or ideas.
Keep on the sunny side,
Programs and Communications Director, Taney County Partnership
NEW: Imagine Branson Magazine!
Last week, we received the very first copies of Imagine Branson, the official relocation and investment guide for the Branson Tri-Lakes Region!
TCP and the Branson Chamber developed the Imagine Branson concept to allow future residents, businesses and those looking to relocate to understand why the Branson area is successful and how they might fit into the big picture.
The stories in the magazine are all about people who have actually done it - relocated and invested in the area and are currently building a future for their families.
pick up your copy
of this annual publication at the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. If you are traveling or embarking on a recruitment event, please let us know so we can send copies of Imagine Branson with you to help share our stories.
Click the image above
to read the digital copy of the magazine. It will be widely available online very soon!
Community Workforce Summit Highlights Reel
|TCP 2017 Community Workforce Summit Highlights
Our friends at Digital Lunchbox put together a short highlights reel from the Workforce Summit in January.
Click the video link above to check it out! Together, we can move the needle on workforce in Taney County!
Unemployment numbers in Taney County were slightly lower in February 2017 at *14.7
as they were at the same time in 2016 at *14.9%.
Highlights of the Ozark Regional Profile for the month show a slightly higher overall unemployment rate in Taney County than the rest of the region in addition to other economic indicators.
The overall unemployment rate for the Taney County overall in 2016 was *7.4%.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Taney County, Missouri was *4.1% as of February 2017.
Check out the
Labor Market Summary of real time labor market analysis for the Ozark Region. This analysis is updated every 60 days.
We will also share the Workforce Overview data each month on the
OnPoint Community Resources page
. The overview was most recently updated on April 5, 2017.
*Rates variable and subject to change
Branson Community Hiring Event on May 2, 2017
June 26-30 and/or July 10-14 in the Branson area
The GO CAPS Teacher Externship Program is designed to promote the GO CAPS program's philosophy of connecting business and education.
The Teacher Externship Program connects teachers with business partners by letting them experience industries and professional fields outside of the school where they teach. In turn, teachers can take the knowledge and experiences from their externship back to the classroom to better prepare students for the workforce.
Businesses benefit from participating as a host for our teacher externs by finding tangible ways to discover, meet and prepare their future workforce.
Interested businesses should complete a
Business Interest Form
by May 1.
Find more information and forms at
Next OnPoint Workforce Collaborative Meeting:
Tuesday, April 11 | 8-9 a.m. | Branson Chamber
Join area employers, service providers and community partners to
to address and develop solutions to the county's Workforce Development issues. We meet every 2nd Tuesday of the month, 8 a.m. at the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. We always have hot coffee and sometimes donuts!
Want to be a guest speaker at our monthly meeting to share information related to workforce development in the Tri-Lakes area?
for more information on how to present at one of our upcoming meetings.
FREE Webinar: 7 Digital Best Practices for HR Professionals
Ways to Recruit and Hire Faster
Thursday, April 20 | 1:00 p.m. CST
Industry experts predict that all successful businesses will soon become 100% digital. The biggest challenge is the "how". The HR world is rapidly changing; global candidates are becoming more tech-savvy and rely on mobile-enabled interactions. Now more than ever, HR teams are looking to attract and retain the right talent, increase employee satisfaction, and enrich the overall recruiting and onboarding experience.
Here's the time to make 2017 a year of digitization and transformation. The plan: revamp all of your current HR processes and swap paper for an eSignature solution for everything ranging from offer letters, new hire approvals, candidate NDAs, and contractor agreements.
Join this webinar to learn about the 7 important ways that HR teams can make meaningful progress in their digital transformation. You will also learn:
- Top HR pains in the workplace
- How other companies achieved success in digital transformation
- How leveraging an eSignature solution can help you save time and money
Developing Great Millennial Leaders
They're driven. They're hardworking. They're focused on upward mobility. Millennials are now the
largest segment of the US workforce, and Millennial leaders are poised to bring a new style of management into the workplace-one that emphasizes collaboration, autonomy and continuous feedback.
While Millennials are tech savvy and well networked,
they often lack the soft skills
necessary to become successful leaders, for instance, the abilities to express complex ideas clearly and to communicate within groups of all sizes in an engaging and professional way.
As Millennials begin to climb the corporate ladder, it's critical for companies to ensure that they're
for the new challenges they'll face as leaders. While an increasing number of companies have recognized the importance of adjusting their workplaces and practices to accommodate their Millennial employees, few have programs in place to address their leadership development needs.
It takes more than a training manual to teach skills like workplace communication and professionalism. Instead, companies must
embrace an individualized approach to leadership development
, taking into account the teaching styles that tend to work best for Gen Y.
Here are some strategies that will help turn your millennial worker into a millennial leader in your organization:
- Coach on decision-making
- Share knowledge through a plan
- Establish appropriate levels of sharing
- Spell out for the new leader exactly what her new leadership responsibilities look like
Watch this video
from Ascend Business Strategies for more tips on how to change your millennial workers into millennial leaders!
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